Volleyball sweeps Lafayette, loses to Lehigh

Kaitlyn Solesky, Staff Writer

After sweeping Lafayette 3-0 on Oct. 30, the volleyball team improved to 5-7 in the conference. Karen Campbell ’16 and Erika Eastley ’17, among several other athletes, contributed impressive performances. Turning around to face Lehigh the next day proved to be unsuccessful for the Bison, as they fell 0-3 and went 1-1 for the weekend. The Orange and Blue fell to 5-8 in the league and 11-12 overall.

The Bison gave one of their most impressive performances of the season against Lafayette, trailing just once the whole match. The Orange and Blue jumped to vast leads in all of the first three sets. Their 12-4, 9-1, 11-4 advantages gave the Bison a well-deserved 3-0 sweep. Campbell tallied a whopping 11 kills while Stephanie Occhiogrosso ’19 posted eight. Eastley contributed to seven of the eight blocks for the Bison, with Hailey Stout ’18 adding one solo block and three block assists. Stout also contributed six kills and a team-high of 13 digs. Meghan Wentzel ’16 tallied 35 assists, while Blake Buchholz ’19 and Katie Price ’16 posted 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Jenna Slusar ’18, Hana Sawanobori ’18, Price, and Stout all added one ace apiece. An ace from Price confirmed the match for the Bison. The final scores of 25-19, 25-17, 25-14 provided the Orange and Blue their well-earned victory.

In the match against Lehigh, Stout paved the way for the Bison in digs, logging an impressive 15, along with six kills. Campbell added six kills and contributed a block for the team. Buchholz posted 11 digs, while Wentzel recorded 21 assists. Despite impressive efforts, the Orange and Blue ultimately fell to Lehigh by scores of 25-19, 25-19, 25-14.

With just three matches left, the Bison are nearing the close of their season. On Nov. 7, they will face Loyola (Md.) for one of their last regular season conference matches. The Orange and Blue will close the season on Nov. 13 and 14 with matches against Army West Point and Holy Cross.

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